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Thought-Provokers: Glendale

Phoenix has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Glendale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Natalie Reed-Goehl

It took me years to develop a style that merged my love of drawing and my Love for pottery. I’ve developed my unique style while raising my three kids in and around my home studio. All my work is an extension of my busy life. They are made in the midst of all the mess and love that parenting brings and they tell those stories. Read more>>

Alvin Vann

I was Born in AZ, and I grew up in Indianapolis and bounced around from time to time. I always had a love for clothing but didn’t see it as a career. I was pursuing the medical field for the longest time until recently when I saw my passion for fashion was too deep. Read more>>

Antonio Villagomez

I got into film-making and photography when I was around 17 years old, and they are still my passion and work. I currently work as a Video Producer at the University of Arizona, and I just started my YouTube channel which is about cinematography and VFX. Read more>>

Erika French

My love for photography has been a part of me since the dark room days in high school. A fresh roll of film looking to be exposed in a true craftsman like style of working with your hands, was everything. I guess that’s why I am always so drawn to black and whites till this day. Read more>>

Jimmy Smith

I’m amazed and really thankful that I get to do what I do. Sometimes deadlines can be tight, but at the end of the day, it comes down to me taking responsibility for my actions. Being my own boss is a dream that I’ve had for years while I served in the print and sign industry. Read more>>

Paul S. Wilson

I have always been one to want to “live” my art, in whatever form that takes. Hence, when as a child I begged my parents to drag me to see “The Poseidon Adventure” at age eight, I have forever been taken with re-creating it, always in a humorous form, and in early years getting friends to dress up in tuxedos and gowns and “capsize” with me in a space designated for such staged chaos. Read more>>

 

A O Tucker

I’m an Arizona native, growing up on a cotton farm west of Phoenix. Took a photography class while at Glendale College, before transferring to Arizona State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree and a career in the computer industry. Didn’t become serious about photography until I purchased my first DSLR in late 2011. Started showing art in 2014 and had displayed artwork in juried exhibitions from California to New York. My artwork is represented in private collections in multiple continents including Asia, Europe, and North America. Read more>>

Heather Alandar

I married my best friend in 2015 and together, we have seven kids. Working a full-time job and handling being a mom to seven kids became a big job. I got really sick just before we were married and had to quit my job. Once I received months of treatment and was feeling better, I decided I wanted to do more to help out my husband. I wasn’t able to handle going back to work I used to do, so I started selling my crafts to see if I could help supplement our income that way. Read more>>

Sheila Casperson

I found I was able to truly portray not only the subject but the emotion behind each subject I chose to do. Today using realism in oil paint I create various western and wildlife scenes on canvas. I strive to evoke an emotion in people when they look at my art. Read more>>

Jana Williams

Photography is my saving grace. I am a southern girl, born and raised in a small town in Alabama. I did not come from a family of artist and none gave me a camera when I was young BUT my daddy raised us on the lake. Read more>>

 

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